“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition, oft got without merit and lost without deserving.”—William Shakespeare, Othello
So there is a new report out from the College Republicans on how Republicans can make new inroads with younger voters. While some of their points are obvious* and some are just a little naïve**, one of the points being most centered on by a lot of the media is:
It is not that young voters are enamored of the Democratic Party. They simply dislike the Republican Party more. In the focus group research conducted in January 2013, the young “winnable” Obama voters were asked to say what words came to mind when they heard “Republican Party.” The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.
The descriptions of the Democratic Party were more charitable. While some respondents viewed Democrats as “soft” or as supporting big spending, most noted that they were “tolerant,” “diverse,” and “open-minded.”
Now response to this has been two fold. One is most on the right are looking at this with the attitude of ‘oh wow, 20 somethings who have never done anything think the Republicans are evil, shocker that naïve, inexperienced, overgrown children know shit about shit;’ the response from the other side is ‘gee you’re doing so well, don’t you think this is the time for self reflection.’
Let’s deal with those attacking the GOP and calling for self-reflection. Specifically let’s deal with the point of Republicans are “closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned” and Democrats are “’tolerant,’ ‘diverse,’ and ‘open-minded.’” Exactly what in that statement, which seems to be the thrust of most of the argument, exactly calls for self-reflection? If I accuse Obama of eating the still beating hearts of children and it causes his poll numbers to drop, should he do some self- reflection on his behavior…no not really. While there are many other points he should think about, dealing with bullshit accusations requires little to no self-reflection. And let’s be clear those comments are such a worthless pile of bullshit it’s not even funny. But let’s take a moment to look at a couple of them.
Republicans are close minded and Democrats open minded.
Yes, Republicans the party of fiscal conservatives, RINOS, social conservatives, neoconservatives, paleoconservatives, the Tea Party, rational libertarians, and some people I’m not even sure why they’re here is the close minded party. The party of Chicago School economics, Austrian economics and some bizarre Neo-Keynesian economics, all tearing at each other. The party that questions its own, attacks its own, has not one single philosophy, and every primary eats its own…yeah we’re the close minded ones. Meanwhile the Democrats have one philosophy, Keynesianism. They have one goal… larger government. They march lock step behind whoever controls the party and there is little to no dissent.
Republicans are racist and Democrats tolerant. Republican, the party of those who marched for civil rights like George Romney, Charleton Heston, and Martin Luther King Jr., versus the Democrats who were turning hoses and dogs on the Civil Rights marches. The Republicans who voted for Civil Rights when the Democrats didn’t. The Republicans who have at every turn opposed the welfare state that is destructive to the growth of the middle class for all groups. But the Democrats who blindly support Planned Parenthood, a racist eugenics group designed to destroy minority groups, are the tolerant ones…even I who am very pro-choice find Planned Parenthood a disgusting organization.
Republicans are old-fashioned and Democrats are new and hip and want change. Republicans go with what is true and what works. Just because something is new doesn’t make it good. And also Republicans believe in real change (in the 80’s we were for amnesty but when we saw that didn’t work at all we’ve dropped that idea) whereas Democrats are still peddling the same big government line they always have, they just keep giving it a new coat of paint to make it seem new and exciting, when it’s the same damn failed idea it’s always been.
I could go on, I have time and time again, but let’s face it Democrats look only only look at people based on what minority they’re in, they don’t see people they see groups. They don’t seek solutions, they seek the same solution they always have: control. They tolerate difference, open-mindedness or dissension. They embrace “diversity” only as a tool to divide and conquer. They are the most racist group out there, the most close-minded, the most vicious, the most rigid and the most despicable.
Young people and idiot liberals believe this not because of facts, but because of propaganda and a lack of actually being open-minded enough. There is no factual basis for these claims against Republicans, thus no amount of soul searching will help us fix it. You can’t respond to slander through logic—it’s why individuals are allowed to sue for damages, because nothing will ever get you back your good name even if the charges aren’t true.
Now someone out there is probably going to point out idiots like Todd Akin. Yes, yes that man was stupid beyond the telling of it. He also got the nomination because liberals in the state’s open primary put him as the winner of the primary because he was easier to defeat—they weren’t wrong. But you know what. I don’t care if you can point out examples of this racist that misogynist or some such homophobe. Why? Because the Westboro Baptist Church is a bunch of registered Democrats (if they were Republicans it would be the lead story every day, but as they’re liberal the story gets buried), because liberals kept electing a man who killed a woman in cold blood (Teddy Kennedy) and a rapist (Bill Clinton) and also kept re-electing a member of the KKK (Robert Bryd…also don’t forget the Klan was an invention of the Democratic Party). Yeah we have some screwed up people, but at least we don’t have idiots too dumb to understand ‘tweeting a picture of my !@#$% might not be the brightest idea’. If the media were honest, on every point the Democratic Party would come behind every time.
As the quote that began this blog points out, reputations often have nothing to do with reality. The reputation of the good is often maligned by the vile without a factual basis for the claims.
Now should this study be completely ignored? Not entirely. But when you consider that they tried to get a sense of how 20-somethings and small business owners felt about government regulation, their genius move was to ask 20-somethings if they had dreams of starting a business…yes this is the group I should listen to, to understand how the law and economics should be set up, people in their 20’s who want to be their own boss…while I’m at it why don’t I go ask a quarterback on a high school J.V. team how to manage a pro football team at the Super Bowl, both think they’ll one day be in charge and both know nothing about anything…what I’m most surprised at is that they found people in their 20’s who didn’t dream of being their own boss and starting their own business one day (that’s sad when you think about it). So perhaps the study’s methodology was a bit off.
But flaws of the College Republican poll aside,
the fact does remain that conservatives have a problem with young people. Because young people are ignorant and stupid. The human brain doesn’t stop developing until 25 or 26 and we were dumb enough to give every 18 year old the vote. Short of doing the intelligent thing and raising the voting age to 30 (which would pretty much guarantee perpetual defeat of leftist ideology)…no really I’m serious, we need at some point to overturn the 26th Amendment…and the 17th while we’re at it…what can we do for now. Well one of the reasons young people are so unbelievably dumb is the propaganda machine the left has going. I’ve already gone over ways we can get the free market to help put the kibosh on that font of bile. The next point would be education, educated people tend to be less liberal…but since homeschooling and charters are up, so I’m not terribly worried there either, if someone learns to think early on, they’re less likely to be indoctrinated in the later years of formal education that mistakes letters after your name for real knowledge.
Honestly, besides actually just growing a spine, continuing the growth of new media, challenging liberal lies, and convincing one person at a time through reason I don’t see much else we can do. Yes we need to do a better job of getting our message out, but that is something we need to work on at a media and personal level, not at a RNC level. And certainly we could do a better job at keeping idiots like Akin and Santorum out of the public eye…but again the Democrats have worse than we do, and it’s just the media protecting them that makes this appear to be a problem in our favor. Young voters aren’t some special interest group we should change our tactics for, that’s the liberal way of divide and conquer…either we hold to the truth of our principles or they mean nothing.
*1) Focus on the economic issues that affect young people today: education, the cost of health care, unemployment.
2) Capture the brand attributes of intelligence, hard work, and responsibility.
3) Don’t concede “caring” and “open-minded” to the left.
** 4) Fix the debt and cut spending, but recognize that messages about principle and “big government” are the least effective way to win this battle of ideas with young voters.
5) Go where young voters are and give them something to share.